Two suspected assailants who claimed the life of a police sergeant in the Free State on Saturday night and wounded another were arrested on Monday.
The South African Police Service said in a statement on Monday that several task teams were working to make sure the attackers were arrested.
The first suspect was arrested in Soweto, Gauteng on Sunday night and the other was arrested in Secunda. Both had guns in their possession and a case of murder, attempted murder and theft of firearms was filed with the Orkney police station.
The suspects were allegedly involved in an attack on two sergeants, a man and a woman, from Vierfontein near Bultfontein in the Free State on Saturday night.
Sergeants Lloyd Poonyane, 41, and Lydia Tladi, 45, were involved in crime prevention and responded to a complaint in the area.
They chased a suspicious white pickup truck from Vierfontein to the Road House at Orkney.
According to a statement, police at the Road House got out of their vehicle to confront the occupants of the bakkie.
They also got out, started fighting with the police and then fired at the two police officers.
The police are both disarmed and sergeants. Poonyane was shot dead with his own pistol. Sgt. Tladi was shot in her leg after which the attackers fled, according to the statement.
The matter is being investigated further and police services are still on the trail of the other attackers.